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Friday, May 29, 2009

Heat Embossing Tutorial

I stumbled across this tutorial and had to include it on my blog, This was such an awesome technique to learn when I started scrapbooking 10 years ago and it is still one of my favorites.

Stamping on shrinky film

Check out this awesome tutorial for stamping on shrink film and making awesome home decor!!! I found this on CHF blog tutorials, posted by silvergirl
Basic Supplies
  • Stamps
  • Ink (Stazon permanent and Brilliance inks)
  • Plastic plates and water / wine glasses
  • Sanding paper
  • Shrink Film
  • Cardstock
  • Ribbon
  • Heat gun
  • Jump rings
Specific Supplies Used:
    Stamps:
    Summer Trees (The Kim Hughes Collection) by Cornish Heritage Farms
    Perfect Plaid Scrapblock® by Cornish Heritage Farms

    Ink:
    Red Pepper Adirondack dye inks by Ranger - for card
    Graphite Black Brilliance Black ink by Tsukineko
    Jet Black StazOn ink by Tsukineko

    Cardstock:
    Simply Smooth white cardstock by Cornish Heritage Farms
    Red and Green cardstocks by C'oredinations

    Other:
    White plastic plates and glasses (Dollar Store)
    Sandpaper and block (from Tim Holtz line)
    Shrink Film by Graphix
    Heat Tool
    Paper Piercing Tool by Making Memories (to hold shrink film)
    Crop-o-dile hole punch by We R Memory Keepers
    Oval Scallop punch by Marvy
    Copic Markers
    Jump Rings (Craft store- jewelry aisle)
Step One
Punch your desired shape from the Shrink film and lightly sand on one side. I like to punch out the shape first, because the ink has a long dry time and I don't want to smudge the ink.
Step Two
Stamp images on the sanded side of the Shrink film with Brilliance ink. This is a good choice if using Copic markers.

The sanding makes the surface more receptive to ink and less likely to "slide" during stamping.
Step Three
Using the Crop-o-dile, punch a hole in the top. Once the shrink film is heated, it's virtually impossible to add a hole for your findings.

Set aside to thoroughly dry. You can use your heat tool to aid in the drying step, but it needs to be done at a GREAT distance to avoid the shrinking from starting prematurely.
Step Four
Color your image. Colored Sharpie markers are a great alternative.

The ink should be completely dry before coloring in the images. And even though the Brilliance ink is a good choice for the shrink film / copic marker combination, you can and will rub off the lines if you aren't careful.
Step Five
You have two options:

1- Follow the manufacturer's directions and heat shrink the film in the oven according to the packaging instructions.

2- Using a heat safe surface and a great deal of care, you can use your heat tool to shrink the film. I recommend using a paper piercing tool to hold the film through the hole in the top and to have an acrylic block nearby to help flatten the image. Gently heat and watch as the film curls. When it unfolds, the film is at it's reduced size.
Step Six
Using Stazon ink, stamp around the edges of the plates.

NOTE: If you make an error, use a bit of Stazon cleaner on a cotton ball to clean and try again.
Step Seven
Align a few images on one block to create a center image for the plate. Stamp with Stazon ink.
Finished Project
Add an inexpensive basket, a blanket and cutlery from the Dollar Store to round out a quick and inexpensive picnic set.

Consider grouping together and giving as a gift.
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Tie the charms onto your glasses with a bit of ribbon or twisted wire.

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And if the set is for you... add a fun invite to entice a friend to join you for a fun afternoon at the park.


DISCLAIMER:
Please be careful when heating shrink film in a manner other than prescribed on the manufacturer's instructions. Remember safety first!!!

Sneak Peak at Next Month's class-in-a-flash

Want to see what my clubs will be working on next month? We will be making some adorable projects using the Good Friends Stamp Set!!! If you want to play along, be sure to sign up for my stamping club or you can order the kit-to-go option, which is just as good, but on your own schedule. Another option is the Party-to-go kit, you can purchase everything you need to hold this class in your own home, with your own friends. Keep looking out for this fantastic class coming to a blog near you!
Class in a Flash - Upcoming Class in a Flash Friendly Words Wheel Planner

Next month we are going to the birds. We are using the Good Friend stamp set to create a card set with an extraordinary container in the following colors: Tempting Turquoise, YoYo Yellow, Green Galore, Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White. This project will be perfect for the coming season.

Want to make sure you get your own set of this fabulous stamp set? Hurry, the last chance list comes out in two days. I still don't know what's on the list, but those that are will surely go fast! So, reserve yours today!!